Advisory Board

Joe Azrack

Former managing director and executive officer - Apollo Global Management LLC

Teymour Boutros-Ghali

Founder and Principal - Monitor Ventures

Professor of Entrepreneurship - UCLA

Karen Gibbs

Co-Founder - ByHand Consulting

Former SVP - Aid to Artisans


David Gitow

Former Chief Marketing Officer - Barnes & Noble

E-Commerce Customer Acquisition Consultant

Wenda Harris Millard

President and COO - MediaLink

Former Co-CEO and President - Media for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.

Former Chief Sales Officer - Yahoo!

Former Executive Vice President - DoubleClick

Melissa Miller

Founder - Indigo and Chalk Consulting

Former Merchandising Director - West Elm

Ellen O’Neill

Creative Director - Benjamin Moore

Former Creative Director - Ralph Lauren Home Collection

Bob Shrum

Former Senior Policy and Political Advisor - John Kerry, Al Gore and Ted Kennedy

Professor of political science - usc

Mark Stanich

Former American Express Publishing Executive - Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine and Departures

Technology Advisors

Toby Evers

Founder - Toby Evers Consulting LLC

Alex Chung

Technology Advisor

Professional Advisors

Bruce Deming, ESQ

Partner - Covington + Burling

Jeffrey Saltzer

Partner - Marcum LLP, Acountants and Advisors

Our Mission

DARA Artisans promotes cultural curiosity and a sense of discovery by offering a sophisticated edit of handmade artisan crafts to an audience seeking authentic, responsibly sourced designs with a modern aesthetic.